MEGA MILESTONE FOR WOOLGOOLGA TO BALLINA PACIFIC HIGHWAY UPGRADE
The final link in the Pacific Highway upgrade is in its peak construction period, with more than 3300 jobs being delivered to finish the final stage of the project.
Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Melinda Pavey was joined by Federal Member for Page, Kevin Hogan and Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis to announce that the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade is now more than 50 per cent complete.
Mrs Pavey said it was phenomenal that Australia’s largest concrete paving project, requiring more than 750,000 cubic metres of concrete, had reached just over the half way mark.
“This is a big milestone for the project, being the largest single upgrade in the 20 year history of the Pacific Highway duplication program,” Mrs Pavey said.
“When it opens to traffic in 2020, this 155 kilometer section will help to save lives, improve travel times, and contribute to regional growth, job creation and efficiencies in freight movements due to shorter travel times.”
· More than 55 per cent of the precast concrete pieces have been delivered to the site.
· More than 75 per cent of the 14.9 million cubic metres of earthwork has been completed.
· 130 wildlife crossings to go over and under the upgraded highway and 130 hectares of new koala habitat.
· Once complete it will save up to 13 kilometers in travel distance, reduce travel time by 25 minutes and crash rates by an expected 27 per cent due to divided lanes.
· Roads and Maritime have worked with northern NSW training providers, including TAFE NSW to support training to about 250 of its Civil Certification III and its Civil pathways students, supercharging their skills on the project to support future career opportunities
· The project is jointly funded by the Australian and NSW Government’s on an 80:20 basis.
Federal Member for Page, Kevin Hogan said that 26 kilometres of new highway has already opened between Woolgoolga and Glenugie, south of Grafton, with major work underway between Glenugie and Ballina.
“The ongoing significant investment by the Liberals and Nationals has transformed one of Australia’s busiest roads into a safer, more enjoyable journey for all road users, enhancing travel reliability through better flood immunity and more readily available alternative routes.”
Member for Clarence, Chris Gulaptis said that this project was more than just about the bricks and mortar, delivering more than 3,300 direct jobs.
“The Liberals and Nationals are focused on not only building the roads but also building the skills of the local community. This means that local people can be part of delivering this incredible infrastructure project, leaving a long term positive legacy.”
For the latest information on the Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade, visit rms.nsw.gov.au/w2b.